Report: Brighton & Hove Albion braced for £5m Tomer Hemed bid

Brighton's Tomer Hemed hits the post against Sheffield Wednesday

Last season's Seagulls top scorer is reportedly a wanted man.

Brighton and Hove Albion's Tomer Hemed celebrates scoring their third goal against Charlton AthleticBrighton and Hove Albion's Tomer Hemed celebrates scoring their third goal against Charlton Athletic

Brighton & Hove Albion are braced for a £5 million bid for last season's top scorer Tomer Hemed, the Sun reports (Thursday edition, page 57).

The 29-year-old, who scored 17 times en route to the 2015-16 Championship play-offs, is said to be interesting Israeli side Maccabi Haifa.

The Greens - Hemed's former club - are looking to add their ranks ahead of their forthcoming Europa League campaign.

Yossi Benayoun (c) lifts the cup for Maccabi HaifaFormer Liverpool winger Yossi Benayoun (c) lifts the cup for Maccabi Haifa

The Israel international began his career at the Sammy Ofer Stadium before moving to Spanish football in 2011, where he enjoyed spells at Mallorca and Almeria.

Brighton paid an undisclosed fee to land Hemed a year ago, but despite his best efforts he was unable to deliver promotion to the Premier League.

Brighton's Tomer Hemed hits the post against Sheffield WednesdayBrighton's Hemed hits the post against Sheffield Wednesday

Chris Hughton's side missed out on an automatic place on goal difference and lost 3-1 on aggregate to Sheffield Wednesday in the play-off semi-final.

The Seagulls have so far recruited right-back Tyler Hornby-Forbes, midfielder Steve Sidwell and striker Glenn Murray, the capture of whom could put Hemed's place under threat.

Glenn Murray (L) scores the second goal for Brighton and Hove AlbionGlenn Murray (L) returns to Brighton after five years away

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